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Regional Seas Global Meeting Adopts Statement on Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

10th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans 4 December 2008: The 10th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans convened from 25-27 November 2008, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and addressed issues related to climate change and the Regional Seas Programmes, and adaptation to climate change vulnerability and sea-level rise.

At the end of the meeting, delegates adopted a statement regarding

climate change that recognizes that its consequences will be profound

and long term. The statement underlines the need for multidisciplinary

efforts to adapt to, and mitigate the impacts of, climate change on

coastal and marine ecosystems, and the services they provide to human

well-being. The statement further underscores the importance of

collaboration and coordination among international and regional

organizations, governments, civil society and the private sector.

The meeting concluded that there is an urgent need to strengthen

political will, secure sustained financial support, develop the

necessary frameworks, and coordinate existing conventions, programmes,

projects and activities to ensure effective adaptation to, and

mitigation of the impacts of, climate change. The meeting also stressed

the importance of incorporating climate change as a cross-cutting issue

in sustainable development processes. Recognizing that the global

impacts of climate change will need to be dealt with on a regional

basis, participants supported the initiative of the Permanent

Commission for the South Pacific to convene a high-level regional

conference on climate change and its impacts on the coastal and marine

environment of the Southeast Pacific. [Meeting Website]